Bloodsucking Bastards – Good, Bad & Ugly Review


Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 60% (Critics) / 65% (Audience)
Directed By: Brian James O’Connell
Written By: Dr. God and Ryan Mitts
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster. Fran Kranz, Emma Fitzpatrick, Joey Kern and Pedro Pascal
Studio: Shout Factory
Synopsis: An action-packed horror comedy, BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS stars Fran Kranz as Evan, a dutiful and overworked employee stuck at a soul-killing corporation with his beautiful co-worker and girlfriend Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick) and his slacker best friend Tim (Joey Kern). Evans world begins to crumble when Amanda dumps him and his boss Ted (Joel Murray) hands his coveted promotion to his nemesis Max (Pedro Pascal). When his office mates start going through disturbing changes, Evan must find a way to stop the evil brewing amidst the cubicles, and rescue his workplace pals before his life and career go from dead-end… to just dead. – (Source)

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The Good:
The performances by the majority of the cast are top notch with special praise rightfully going to Pedro Pascal (having a helluva time playing the head vamp), Fran Kranz (a jumble of neuroses and panic), Joey Kern (really funny as the office stoner) and Marshall Givens (as a way too gung-ho security guard).

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The Bad:
This movie spends way too much time being just a mildly amusing office comedy instead of spending more time on the comedy-horror aspects.

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The Ugly:
I can forgive the limitations of a film with a minuscule bludget if the folks behind the scenes are capable of overcoming that deficiency in creative ways but this movie looks like it cost $4.68 and that cheap vibe really hurts the overall enjoyment factor.

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Final Verdict: A movie that really should have been much better than it actually ended up being, BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS has several really fun acting performances but not much else going for it.

Grade: C-

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